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Tight End Mike Ditka Bulled His Way to a Hall of Fame Career

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The play was vintage Mike Ditka: fierce, ruthless and determined.  With his Chicago Bears trailing the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-14 in the fourth quarter of a 1963 game, Ditka caught a pass in the flat.  The powerful tight end immediately shrugged off two defenders and charged downfield.  Iron Mike ground out chunks of yards while evading three more tacklers.  A sixth opponent tried in vain.  When Ditka finally went down, he had completed a 63-yard catch and run that set up a field goal, evening the game at 17.  The late-season tie was critical for the Bears, who remained in the Western Division lead and went on to win the NFL championship.